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Philippines leaders back the quality of their nurses

By Lincoln Tan The Philippines Government is calling on the Nursing Council not to reject Filipino nurses with qualifications they completed in less than four years.

NZ fears over Filipino nurse training

By Lincoln Tan The Nursing Council is concerned that the rapid increase in nursing programmes in the Philippines could be at the expense of the quality of nursing, and says it will raise the issue with Filipino authorities.

Nurses want minister to axe language test

By Lincoln Tan Frustrated overseas-trained nurses want the Minister of Health to review the new nursing registration rules, which include an English language test.

Overseas nurse says new rule is unfair

By Lincoln Tan Trained Filipino nurses are crying foul over the Nursing Council’s tightening of rules governing registering overseas-trained nurses.

The Nurses Organisation says a language test for immigrants is worsening the profession’s skills shortage.

www.radionz.co.nz The union carried out a survey of 175 nurses, trained in countries where English is a second language, and says a new test is needed. It says many of the survey’s participants struggled to pass the International English Language Testing System, and could not register as nurses. More than Read more »

Filipino nurses living eight to flat

By REBECCA TODD New Zealand – The Christchurch City Council is investigating the cramped housing conditions of migrant Filipino nurses, The Press understands. The Press has visited four flats in Springfield Road, St Albans, where the nurses are living. Designed to house two or three occupants, each flat is currently Read more »

‘Degraded’ by work in rest homes

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By REBECCA TODD – New Zealand A Christchurch resident is among a growing group of Filipino nurses working for near minimum wage as caregivers after paying thousands of dollars to live the Kiwi dream. The 25-year-old asked not to be named for fear of affecting her immigration status. After working Read more »

Filipinos miss out on jobs as NZ nurses

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By REBECCA TODD Trained Filipino nurses are paying thousands of dollars to colleges and recruitment agencies in the hope of well-paid jobs in Christchurch public hospitals, only to become trapped in low-paid care work. However, the colleges insist they are helping foreign-trained nurses get registered in New Zealand, with Read more »

Skills fail to find right job

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By REBECCA TODD – The Press | Thursday, 10 April 2008 Filipino doctor Ron Laforpeza came to New Zealand for a better life, but is struggling to have his qualifications recognised. He is one of a group of foreign-trained professionals working well below their skill level because of difficulties finding Read more »

New Zealand needs Filipino nurses

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